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Tjitske Akkerman is a researcher affiliated with the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, where she specializes in political comparative research. The main focus of her research is on comparative analyses of the ideologies, electoral successes, strategies, and policy impacts of radical populist parties in Western Europe.
Dr. Akkerman received the Gordon Smith and Vincent Wright Memorial prize in 2013 for her research project about the policy impact of radical-right parties in the domain of immigration and integration. She has published widely in journals including Party Politics, West European Politics, Government and Opposition, Political Studies, Journal of Political Ideologies, Patterns of Prejudice, Journalism, and Acta Politica. She also co-edited the book Populist Parties in Western Europe: Into the Mainstream? (London: Routledge) along with Sarah L. de Lange and Matthijs Rooduijn.
She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Amsterdam.
While commentators proclaimed the 2017 Dutch election results a rebuff of radical-right populism, this report makes clear that electoral success is not the only way to influence policymaking. Taking the Netherlands as a case study, it examines how radical-right parties in Western Europe have shaped immigration policy agendas and outcomes by rewriting narratives and forcing mainstream parties further to the right.